Monday, October 15, 2012

What's Up, Monday?

Hi everyone!


It's Monday, so I'm going to do another little recap on what I've been keeping myself busy (oh so busy) with.

Things I've been up to...

For all intents and purposes I finished my draft. So now I'm back to the beginning, revising the crap out of it. I'm hoping to be done with this project by the end of the year. I can easily do it as long as I keep my focus and don't let myself get distracted. Can you help me stay accountable, friends? I get so distracted by shiny things on tumblr. (I sorta wish I had never gone on tumblr. It's fun and all, but it's the biggest mindless time suck ever. Gah.)

I have to say, I am so glad to be out of drafting mode and back in to revision mode. I like taking what's already there and making it better more that making something out of nothing.

Watching Pitch Perfect
I've seen it four times already. I'm completely obsessed. Singing and music and humor and omg it was so up my alley I can't even handle it. And I have developed the worst (and by worst I mean best) crush on Skylar Astin.

Yeah, when I'm not watching the movie I'm looking at that gif.

Work is really tough this year, guys. I'm having a hard time in the classroom, and I come home exhausted every single day. It makes it hard to write, it makes it hard to blog, it makes it hard to be a functioning human being. I'm looking at it as a day-by-day sort of thing right now, and, well, let's just say that this song has been my anthem:

Hanging out with some writing peeps
This past weekend I headed down to my friend Dana's house for her annual Scribbler's Fork dinner. I couldn't make last year's, so I was so excited to finally be able to take part in the fun! There was food and wine and lots of awesome writer friends, so we talked about books and writing until late into the night.

The only picture I have has no flash, but luckily you can see my hair from space. 

Yeah...I probably shouldn't have even bothered posting that. 

Dana is such an awesome friend, and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. It's really the best to be able to spend time with like-minded people...and it really charged my batteries for my revision. 

How are you all doing? I hope that all of you are being productive and kicking ass with your goals. Have a great week, friends!


  1. I've been researching, researching, researching for my next WIP. I hope things start to get better for you at work. I can't imagine teaching middle school, but I can say that my middle school teachers were the only people that really got me through that time in my life. I hope that helps some, because I'm sure you're like those teachers. :)

  2. I've been rollercoastering with my WIP. I'm at a place where I'm excited about it again, but it'll be a bit before this draft (the 2nd) is finished. It's definitely one I'll want your opinion on, though. Straight contemp and much more "everyday life" than I've ever done.

    You know how much I admire you for working with middle school kids.

  3. I cannot wait to be out of drafting mode. I always forget how hard this part is for me--give me a revision any day. I fear the blank page! Anyway, good luck with your revision!
    And I'm sorry the school year is tough. My mom actually taught middle-school English for decades before she recently retired and had some really cool lessons/units with graphic novels, a poetry slam, teaching Sherman Alexie's book, etc. If you're ever interested, I could ask her to dig up her lesson plans.

  4. I have been working on that impossible first draft... and also watching Pitch Perfect over and over and over. I WILL be buying it when it comes out on DVD, and then will promptly get absolutely no writing done.

  5. I'm kind of with you on the revising thing. To me, it's so much easier than pounding out that first draft. Congrats, by the way!

    Hubby and I went to see Pitch Perfect, and I think I smiled like a total dope through the whole thing. There was one point (at the end) when I almost started clapping really loud and then remembered where I was. LOL And seriously? Are these aca-dudes supposed to be geeky or something? Because I found them totally hot, especially Skylar Astin. There were a few points when I wanted to shake Bella Swan's bestie. :P

  6. Congrats on finishing your draft! Revising is the best part in my humble opinion, so have fun. :) Oh, and you're making me want to see Pitch Perfect SO BAD. Maybe I can convince my husband...?

  7. okay, I'm lost. What is Pitch Perfect? A new movie?

  8. Saturday night was a blast! look forward to our next girl adventure. As far as your struggling, I hate that. I really do. You are such an awesome person, you deserve better in life. I'm impressed with the insight you have on your situation. I hope these students grow to love you like your last students did.

  9. Yay for finishing your draft!!! And hang in there with the day job. I've had some semesters like that - mentally and physically draining - I just try to keep focused on the positives (I know, quit sounding like a Hallmark card, Alison) and I vented on friends a lot - they still love me, thank God. :) Anyway, writing seems to get me through these days so I hope you can find plenty of time for revisions!

  10. Congrats on finishing your draft! I hear ya about teaching sucking massive energy this year, too. I get home in the evenings and just stare at the wall for a while until my brain reboots...if it reboots. It's exhausting and I haven't been very good about getting to my writing because of it :/

  11. Congrats on finishing your draft!! That's really exciting. Good luck with your revisions. You can do it!!

    I'm sorry work has continued to be so stressful. :( I really hope it gets better soon!

    I really need to see Pitch Perfect! I was in an a cappella group in college so I'm sure it'll bring back wonderful memories.

    That dinner sounded awesome! I love connecting with writer friends in real life.

  12. I don´t think Pitch Perfect is out in Germany yet but based on your review(s) that´s a movie I definitely want to see :D

    Hope your week is shaping to be a good one.

    Yay on finishing that first draft, think about how better you´re making your novel now :D and so sorry work has been hard on you since the school year started. Those kiddos have a wonderful English teacher, and I´m sure they know it.